#1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Baltic League), who plays in Lithuania. He could not help Siauliai (0-2) in their last game. Despite Liutych's good performance the third-placed Siauliai was badly defeated 84-68 on the road by the leading TU/Rock in the group H of Baltic League.
He scored 10 points in 26 minutes on the court.
There are only four games left until the end of the Baltic League Top 16. So now every game will be critical.
Liutych has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 62.7%(37-59) and FT: 64.3% in the 11 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in VTB United League). Veremeenko managed to help Unics Kazan to win against the seventh-ranked BC Donetsk (4-7) 74-63 in the VTB United League last Sunday.
He recorded 5 points.
Unics Kazan (8-3) is placed second in group A.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Veremeenko's fifth season with the team.
This year Veremeenko averages: 8.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 63.8%(30-47) and FT: 83.9%.
He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.
Veremeenko played for the Belarusian national team in 2007.
#3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He was not able to help Olin Edirne (3-12) in their last game. Despite Parakhouski's good performance Olin Edirne was crushed 98-61 in Istanbul by the second-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker.
He scored 11 points in a mere 18 minutes.
It was Olin Edirne's sixth consecutive loss in a row.
Parakhouski is currently second on the league's list of best blockers with 1.7bpg.
This year his other stats are: 12.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 65.0%(78-120) and FT: 45.5% in the 15 games.
Parakhouski is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.
#4. Small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy) led AcegasAps TR to a victory against the 12th-ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (5-9) 79-72 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game.
He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Acegas Aps Trieste (8-6) is placed seventh in the Lega2.
Meshcharakou's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 4.2rpg.
He is also Belarusian national team player.
#5. An experienced former international center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to Mazeikiai's victory against the closely-ranked Dzukija (17-7) 94-87 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) on Sunday night.
Kojenets scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Mazeikiai (19-5) is placed first in the NKL.
It's Kojenets' first season with the team.
This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg and 3.8rpg.
Kojenets used to play for the Belarusian national team
four years ago.
#6. Point guard Dante Stiggers (188-82, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for Apoel (2-6) in their game against AEL (5-8) in the Cypriot Division A.
He recorded 7 points, 6 assists and 5 steals in 39 minutes.
Apoel was edged 67-64 in Limassol by the lower-ranked (#6) AEL.
Stiggers' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.
Stiggers is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (second place).
He has very reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.8apg and 2.7spg in the nine games.
Stiggers is a naturalized American.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belarusian National Team roster.
Stiggers used to play for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.
#7. Former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superlaegue (second division) couldn't help Sojuz Zaretchny (3-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Sojuz Zaretchny was defeated 73-66 at home by the higher-ranked Dynamo Moscow (#9).
Shustau was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 3 passes.
Shustau has reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.3apg.
He used to play for the Belarusian national team
five years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Belarusian passport but never been selected to any of Belarusian national teams:
#1.Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli National League (second division) could not help Elitzur Yavne (8-4) in their last game. Despite Lioutrine's very good performance Elitzur Yavne lost 75-90 on the road to the second-ranked Hapoel Afula.
He scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes.
It's Lioutrine's first season with the team.
This year Lioutrine's overall stats are: 8.3ppg and 3.8rpg in the 12 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli.
Despite Lioutrine's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.
#2.Igor Suhinin contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Severstal (3-12) crushing them 70-42 in the Russian Superleague (second division) on Sunday night.
Suhinin scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes.
Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (6-9) is placed 11th in the Superleague.
This year Suhinin's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg in the two games.
#3. Experienced Sergey Karpov (200-F-80, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superlaegue (second division) was not able to help Sojuz Zaretchny (3-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Sojuz Zaretchny was defeated 73-66 at home by the higher-ranked Dynamo Moscow (#9).
Karpov recorded 10 points.
Karpov's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg and 1.8rpg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian.
Tsmoki-Minsk beat Nevezis for first pre-season win - 23 days ago
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Nevezis - Tsmoki-Minsk 69:85 Tsmoki-Minks are currently in Lithuania holding the training camp. The Belarusian champions opened their preparations for the upcoming season with a test clash versus Nevezis. The visitors claimed a comfortable victory. Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary) posted 20 points to lead the winners. Tsmoki-Minsk eked out a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap at 3-point mark at halftime 45:42. Tsmoki-Minsk held Nevezis to 16 point... [read more]
Nevezis - Tsmoki-Minsk 69:85
Tsmoki-Minks are currently in Lithuania holding the training camp. The Belarusian champions opened their preparations for the upcoming season with a test clash versus Nevezis. The visitors claimed a comfortable victory. Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary) posted 20 points to lead the winners. Tsmoki-Minsk eked out a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap at 3-point mark at halftime 45:42. Tsmoki-Minsk held Nevezis to 16 points in the third term to open a 7-point lead. Tsmoki-Minsk limited the hosts to 11 points in the fourth quarter and rallied to a comfortable win. Nemanja Milosevic (204-PF-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) provided 18 points, while Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points for the winners. Jermaine Love-Roberts (188-G-89, college: Ill.-Springfield) responded with 20 points for Nevezis. Ivan Smiljanic (199-F-89, agency: Octagon Europe) had 16 points in the loss.
BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year-old Belorussian international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-90, agency: TPA). He played last season at Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus-Premier League) and averaged 3.2ppg and 1.2rpg in 25 games of VTB League. Besides, he played in FIBA Europe Cup and made 3.7ppg and 1.3rpg in 11 games. He helped his team to win Belorussian National Cup and Belorussian Premier League. In season 2014/2015 he recorded adorable statistics fo... [read more]
BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year-old Belorussian international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-90, agency: TPA). He played last season at Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus-Premier League) and averaged 3.2ppg and 1.2rpg in 25 games of VTB League. Besides, he played in FIBA Europe Cup and made 3.7ppg and 1.3rpg in 11 games. He helped his team to win Belorussian National Cup and Belorussian Premier League. In season 2014/2015 he recorded adorable statistics for Tsmoki-Minsk in 3 different tournaments: 6.5ppg, 2.5rpg with FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 70.7% in 26 games of VTB League, 13.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 77.4%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 86.7% in 7 games of Belorussian Premier League and 9.8ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 79.2% in 6 games of EuroChallenge. He also helped them to win Belorussian National Cup and Belorussian Premier League. Liutych has been also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. He has been playing for Belorussian national team from 2014 and has become integral part of the roster. He was the main scorer of Belarus on the qualification tournament to Eurobasket-2015. Player recorded 15.7ppg with FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 47.6%, FT: 71.0% in 6 games. He is also taking part in qualification tournament to Eurobasket-2017, which occurs at the moment, and even played 1 game, where he made 11pts and 8reb. His new team Kalev/Cramo is the strongest Estonian team. They won Estonian League 6 times in the last 8 years and previous season they make the double - they won Estonian League and Estonian Cup. In the same time they are regular participant of VTB League, one of the strongest regular league in Europe, so next year Vitali Liutych will play against his previous team Tsmoki-Minsk, which is also member of this tournament. Kalev/Cramo also will play in Eurocup next season and it will be the second appearance in this tournament (the first was in season 2013/2014). The coach of Kalev/Cramo is Alar Varrak, who 8 years stays on this position and is one of creators of Estonian club's success.
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